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East overtakes West for US imports

[ November 23, 2022   //   ]

With strikes and congestion hitting Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland over the past year, US East Coast port volumes are overtaking the West Coast says shipping visibility specialist FourKites in a report published on 23 November.

It said that by August 2021, US  West Coast ports already accounted for 48% of import shipments compared to 52% for the East Coast but over the past few months, this has shifted even further towards the East Coast ports, the latter accounting for 62% of imports in October 2022.

This is a 10% point drop in share over the past 14 months, and a 3% point decrease month-over-month. It follows reports of record port volumes in New York this year, and a decrease in ocean shipments from China to the US West Coast.